prof.dr.ir. D. Lutters (Eric)

Full Professor

About Me

Being educated as a Mechanical Engineer while having an keen interest in product design, I teach subjects related to product development as the linking pin between design and (production) engineering. This ranges from production techniques & systems, via design methodology to information management and virtual reality. I'm quite involved in the BSc. and MSc. programmes Industrial Design Engineering. For the MSc. programme, I coordinate the track 'Management of Product Development' (MoPD). Next to being interested in the content of the programmes, I am also very interested in educational methods and educational innovations. 

My research interest is in Information driven Product Development & Engineering - because I firmly believe that the value of the information content by far exceeds the significance of processes as the pacer of development cycles. With our group, we therefore aim to engender tools and techniques for design support, bringing together topics like Virtual Reality, Digital Twins/Prototypes/Masters, sustainability, (non-deterministic) decision making and uncertainty in development cycles. 

At the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform at the University of Twente, I am a member of the steering board, and I'm also involved in a number of research projects at the FPC, focusing on Industry 4.0, Digital Twins, Virtual Dashboards and VR/AR solutions. 

I am a fellow of CIRP, the International Academy for Production Research; within CIRP I am active in the Scientific Technical Committee on Design and currently I'm chairperson of the overarching STC assembly

Next to my work in Twente, I am a professor extraordinary at the department Industrial Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch, South-Africa.



Engineering & Materials Science
Decision Making
Digital Twin
Life Cycle
Product Design
Product Development

Ancillary Activities

  • Stellenbosch University
    Professor extraordinary
  • PAO-TM
    Board member


Lutters, E. , & Damgrave, R. (2023). Digital twinning in learning factories that learn. Paper presented at 13th Conference on Learning Factories 2023, CLF 2023, Reutlingen, Germany. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4457036

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Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W236
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  W236
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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